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Education and Community Engagement Manager

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Education and Community Engagement Manager


Education and Community Engagement Manager

Exempt, full-time

Reports to the deputy director, engagement and exhibitions


SVMA’s Education and Community Engagement Manager makes a significant impact on the Museum’s mission to build community around art and actively engage school and community audiences with the Museum. The manager develops and grows the A.R.T.S. program and creates and implements on-site and community-centered programming for audiences of all ages. The manager hires and supervises a team of contracted teaching artists, and will establish and implement consistent program evaluation practices. The manager helps to fund and promote these programs by assisting with grant writing and fundraising efforts, and provide creative content for promotional materials in print, on the Museum’s website, and social media.



School and Youth Audiences:
Serve as administrative manager of SVMA’s primary school program, Art Rewards The Student (A.R.T.S.), managing all facets, including program design, hiring and training teaching artists, scheduling and payment procedures, grant writing, exhibition design and implementation, and procuring supplies, while establishing a strong, consistent relationship with Sonoma Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) faculty and administration.

• Evaluate the progress and success of A.R.T.S. and its staff, ensuring the ongoing pursuit of developing a high-quality program and professional development

• Research, develop, and implement A.R.T.S. curriculum structure and facilitate the specialized training of the teaching artist team • Hire, train, manage, and support/coach a team of contracted teaching artists, program volunteers, and interns, and work to grow these vital teams

• Work in partnership with Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) staff and administrators to facilitate VTS training and practices with SVMA’s teaching artists and school faculty

• Work toward creating, developing and expanding summer, school-break, and teen programming, including the Museum’s Summer Camp offerings and Family and Holiday “Make-Ins,” and creating and developing new programs for students ages K-12

• Manage all aspects of maintaining a high functioning art-making studio in the Museum including recruiting new instructors and teaching artists, purchasing and maintaining art supplies, equipment, and fixtures


Adult and SVMA Member Audiences:

• Create, develop, and manage all aspects of specific participatory on-site programming, which includes studio workshops and classes, Art Nights, Holiday Make-ins, and seasonal Family Days, etc., themed to SVMA’s exhibitions

• Assess participants’ needs and wants to inform the development and offering of new programs

• Provides assistance and staffing as needed with public programs and events.


Community Engagement:

• Create, implement, and supervise community programs that fulfill the Museum’s mission to engage participants beyond its walls and build community

• Interact and collaborate with local non-profit arts organizations on behalf of the Museum to create mutually beneficial partnership programs

• Establish partnerships with funders to increase scholarship opportunities for program participation among low-income, underserved youth

• Create opportunities for creative community projects, which may include an exhibition component at SVMA

• Evaluate current projects and assess community needs and wants to inform the development and offering of new programs


Department Administration:

• Maintain and establish relationships and collaborations with other arts and community organizations to develop exemplary partnerships around arts education

• Develop and maintain annual budgets for the Museum’s A.R.T.S program, workshops and programs, and community engagement projects

• Assist director of development and marketing with writing grant proposals and reports and establishing partnerships in the community

• Provide marketing and publicity support for education programs



• Minimum 2 years experience in an art museum educator position preferred, along with managing teaching artists and/or teaching art in a museum or primary school setting

• BA/BS degree completed in art, art education, or art history. MA in museum studies highly desirable; strong background in contemporary and modern art history a must

• Experience managing and maintaining a functional and inspirational art studio space for instructors and learners of all ages

• Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly desirable

• Strong management, organizational, writing and communication skills; strong curriculum writing along with experience developing consistent program evaluation practices

• Proficient with all MS and Mac office software on a Mac platform

• Excellent interpersonal skills, initiative, sound judgment, positive attitude, and ability to work independently as well as in a close team environment

• Physical requirements include sitting and standing for long periods, bending, squatting, lifting up to 40lbs



• Salary range of $50-55k.

• Full employee benefits: paid health insurance (Kaiser), paid vacation, holidays and sick/family leave